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Mini Stockings




These stockings are just large enough to hold a small gift or sweet for each of the 24 days of Advent. If your tree is too small to hold 24 stockings, hang the rest from a ribbon swag.

Use a computer to print numbers, then cut them out and glue them to metal-rimmed tags; or label the tags by hand. Use felt in various colors, and add ribbons in complementary hues.

If you like, hang a swag of stockings without tags across the mantel, tie them onto gifts, or hang them from the tree.



  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Marking pencil or tailor's chalk
  • Sewing scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Awl
  • Metal-rimmed tags
  • Stocking template


  1. Step 1


    For each stocking, trace the template onto felt twice with a pencil or tailor's chalk, and cut out. Pin the two pieces of felt together at the toe, heel, and instep.

  2. Step 2


    Cut a piece of ribbon just longer than the width of the stocking's opening; position it about 1/4 inch from the top, and pin in place. Sewing 1/2 inch in from the edge, machine-stitch the front, back, and ribbon together, leaving the stocking's top open.

  3. Step 3


    Trim around the seam with pinking shears.To hang the stocking, use an awl to punch a hole through both pieces of felt in the upper right corner; thread silver twine or a narrow ribbon through the holes, and tie on a metal-rimmed tag.

Martha Stewart Kids, 2003



Reviews (24)

  • A Little Bit of Quiet 1 Dec, 2014

    I LOVE the mini stockings - absolutely adorable and super easy. I just made 24 for our Advent Calendar but stencilled the numbers on instead of using metal rimmed tags. Love your work, Martha Stewart! Here's a link if you want to check out my version -

  • Annushka 6 Feb, 2010

    I knitted real Teeny Tiny Valentine Sock.
    See them here:

  • SweetSue1944 14 Jan, 2009

    what happened to the pattern using REAL socks??

  • Granna 11 Jan, 2009

    I am making this for next year using my grandson's (6 months old) outgrown baby socks.

  • SondaT 26 Nov, 2008

    These are so adorable! I have tons of scrapbook papers to use up! :)

  • Allie from Albany 25 Nov, 2008

    In 1959 my first grade teacher made each of us one of these stockings. She trimmed the top with cotton, did the zig-zag edge with pinking shears, and (most exciting of all) wrote each child's name on his/her stocking with black Magic Marker! I kept that stocking way into adulthood. Lost it during a move, but its warming memory is with me yet.

  • wickiepoo 25 Nov, 2008

    Would love to have the template, but site won't open...Advise please!!!!
    Tennessee Connection

  • wickiepoo 25 Nov, 2008

    Would love to have the template, but site won't open...Advise please!!!!
    Tennessee Connection

  • jhr 25 Nov, 2008

    I cannot open the template, but would love to make these stockings.
    Advice please?

  • bevgiant 24 Nov, 2008

    Iwould like to make the mini stocking project, but I can't find the Template

  • bevgiant 24 Nov, 2008

    Iwould like to make the mini stocking project, but I can't find the Template

  • Rebecca93552 24 Nov, 2008

    Ohhh I love this craft idea!
    Using scrapbooking paper, fancy edged scissors, foam stickers

  • LIR 23 Nov, 2008

    I like this one

  • lindej 23 Nov, 2008

    there are lots of great scrapbooking papers that would be another choice! add some tissue to center to add poofiness and glue plain white piece to the back.

  • saucydragonfly 23 Nov, 2008

    If you make them wide enough, they should accommodate a gift card.

  • thatkellygirl 23 Nov, 2008

    The pinking shears are probably to add a decorative edge because the seam is showing. Felt doesn't fray like other fabrics would.

  • ladyhawke55 23 Nov, 2008

    I'm doing projects with my grandboys and I'm going to make one for each of them,I'll have them sewn together then let the boys decorate them the way they want.

  • evg23 23 Nov, 2008

    I've also sewn little stockings out of construction paper and used them as package decorations or to slip in a notice of magazine gift subscriptions, etc.

  • KPang 23 Nov, 2008

    why does it need to be trimmed with pinking shears? is the zig zag purely decoration or is there another purpose to trimming with pinking shears?

  • slowtrucking 23 Nov, 2008

    great idea. they are so cute. I will use them in the gift wrapping.

  • kik 9 Nov, 2008

    I made 72 litle stockings 28 years ago ,for each of my childeren 24.They were made of red felt and the top lined with a border of fish-tank filter so it looked like white fur.This year I use them to trim a tree for my first grandchild!

  • melaniemgray 30 May, 2008

    This is also a great idea to adapt if you have a lot of people to give presents to. Fill the stockings with homemade fudge, a candy cane, some little cookies/sweets.

  • MrsDiaz 25 Nov, 2007

    Search "Advent Calendar" and the baby sock advent project will come up.

  • uncommongrace 8 Nov, 2007

    I remember there being an article several years ago about using baby socks to make an advent garland. Does anyone know which issue that was in? I can't find it on the website, and I have 10 years of back issues of MSL, MS Kids, and MS Baby, some of which are in storage right now, so the chance of my finding it without help is low. Thanks!